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Thomas Huff Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3989

Scope and Contents

The ledger contains records of estates, will, and trusts set up by the banks patrons. Each trust contains information about the account, such as the name of the account holder, any beneficiaries, the date the trust was issued, the capacity of the trust, an initial inventory of the trust, and the bank’s fee. Each account also keeps of record properties owned, income, and outgoing expenses.

Some of the trusts contain detailed accounts of the spending and income. The trusts Genevieve Gilmore set up for her daughters Carol, Jane, and Martha, record the sisters’ bills from schools, hotels and department stores and purchases of shoes and hats and European vacations. Many accounts, however, are more limited and detail only the overseeing of a will, payment of school payments for and allowance to beneficiaries, or the purchase and selling stocks, real estate, and other property.

Local developer Thomas Huff acquired the PNC bank building and found this ledger in 2014. He later donated the ledger to the archives.


  • Creation: 1929-1938


Biographical / Historical

The First National Bank and Trust Company received its charter in 1863. The bank building was built in 1916-1917 on the corner of Burdick Street and Michigan Avenue. The trust department was added in 1920. The bank is now called PNC.


1 Volumes ; 22" x 13"

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Physical Description

The ledger is extremely large and heavy. The ledger is 22 inches by 13 inches in size and the binding is 6 ½ inches tall, it amounts to 2.0 cubic feet. The name of the bank and the title Trust Ledger No. 2 are printed on the brown binding. This is ledger number 2, it is not known where ledger number 1 is.

The trust ledger is in good condition. The binding is intact, the pages are yellowed but not torn, and the handwriting in the records is all legible.

Each trust within the trust ledger contains an information sheet with important information about the trust. The trusts contain records of the cash, stocks, real estate, and other property placed in the trust and details of the income and outgoing expenses of each account.

The ledger contains records of records of trusts opened between September 1921 and September 1938. It is Trust Ledger Number Two so the records for the earlier trusts only go back as far as 1929.


This collection consists of one bank ledger from the First National Bank and Trust Company of Kalamazoo. It is 2.0 cubic feet in size. It contains records from 1929-1938.


There is a complete index of the trusts contained in the ledger, with information about the capacity of the trust, beneficiaries, the date the trust was issued, and the dates of the records within the ledger.

Thomas Huff Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490